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Reggie_Pole asked me if I would be interested in doing some singing and playing a bit of lead guitar to one of his songs. Would I ever?

I had the easy part in this. He already had the lyrics and time frames set. All I had to do was sing and play guitar.

R_P is so masterful at composition. His music is so dynamic and full of surprises. He can put you in a trance only to wake you abruptly with a sledge hammer to the skull. His music is so meticulous and well thought out. Mine is usually so rough and spastic. LOL! Heck, I’m glad that he even asked if I wanted to play along.

I’ve learned a lot from just getting to be a part of the process and seeing this song develop.

Thanks again R_P! You rock!

Notes from Reggie_Pole:
Reggie says: I asked Michael to provide vocals and lead guitar to another tune that I was working on, guessing that it would be interesting to combine our different styles. After he generously agreed, I scrapped the tune, because it just didn't have any kind of groove. Then I sent him this one instead, and to my happy surprise, he stayed on. Mike worked hard on this, was very agreeable (and fast!), and adds his distinctive touch here.



The lyrics are taken from the 1829 poem "Alone", by Edgar Allen Poe, written when he was 20, rearranged to fit the song format. It's a song about a guy who has had a demon's shadow cast over him from childhood, and hears his own voice in his head telling him to do things that he has --- so far --- managed to resist.



Thanks again, Mike. It was my privilege and pleasure.
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Lyrics
In my time
I have not been
As others were
As others saw
In my time
I could not bring love

From this place
I have only sorrow
I could not wake my heart
And all I loved, I loved alone

As a child
In the dawn
A stormy life
Life was drawn
From the heart of evil
The mystery that holds me

From the lightning
In the sky
[It passed me by]
From the thunder
And the storm
In the cloud
A demon in my view
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Plays: 80
Downloads: 123

Uploaded: May 23, 2011 - 09:38:01 PM
Last Updated: May 24, 2011 - 12:23:02 AM Last Played: Jan 30, 2017 - 01:11:30 AM
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Vic Holman said 2280 days ago (May 23rd, 2011)
cool collab
i would have to say you two compliment each other very nicely here. trippy & heavy tune!

great job guys!
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finkeldink said 2278 days ago (May 25th, 2011)
Thanks
VH for having a listen and for the kind words.
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Bent_Axis said 2280 days ago (May 24th, 2011)
Great tune!
The guitar parts are outstanding, that is some good playing. Next time you guys do a collab lemme know if you need a bass line on it, I like both of your styles of music.
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finkeldink said 2278 days ago (May 25th, 2011)
Thanks B_A
for having a listen.

You got it man!
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alackbass said 2280 days ago (May 24th, 2011)
Demon
Two of my favorite MJ hard rockers rock together! Cool! This delivered exactly what I expected! Killer riffage with a suitably dark vibe. Both you guys know how to capture an awesome guitar tone!
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finkeldink said 2278 days ago (May 25th, 2011)
Thanks Andrew
for having a listen and for the kind words.
I'm not really sure how R_P gets the guitar tone he does, but it is so heavy and killer sounding.

I used my 24 year old Hamer Sceptor with a Mesa Boogie amp to get the lead tone.
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RAVENS said 2279 days ago (May 24th, 2011)
Coolness
The beginning is so intense, love the buildup. The music track is sick, you guys killed it, wow! The lyrics, well since Mr. Poe is one of my favorite poets, of course I dig them. Eddie, your voice sounds uber-cool here! You guys ROCK!

RAVEN ;-)
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finkeldink said 2278 days ago (May 25th, 2011)
Thanks Dani
You are the coolest and you totally rock! It was a real pleasure to rock with R_P. He rules!
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RAVENS said 2267 days ago (June 5th, 2011)
Whoa
Talk about a Freudian slip. Mike, I called you Eddie! Whew, I just can't get used to your new screen-name, hehe.. ;-)
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TobinMueller said 2279 days ago (May 24th, 2011)
Poe re-animated
Driving track. Nice collab. Love the chaos and power, like music played through a ring of flames. A very cool reinvention of Edgar Allen Poe. Nice homage.

I just watched the Dexter series on Showtime. I could imagine this playing in his head as he does his thing.
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finkeldink said 2278 days ago (May 25th, 2011)
Thanks TM
for having a listen and for the kind words.
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dave_b said 2279 days ago (May 24th, 2011)
Demon
Great collab, I think your styles mesh really well!
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finkeldink said 2278 days ago (May 25th, 2011)
Thanks dave_b
for having a listen.

This was kind of like mixing onion soup with clam chowder. Two styles that combined that made for an interesting flavor. It was good fun trying to keep up with R_P.
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PeterB7858 said 2279 days ago (May 24th, 2011)
Inspired
An inspired combination of talents has produced an edgy, killer tune that delivers in spades. Incredible... Regards, Peter.
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finkeldink said 2278 days ago (May 25th, 2011)
Thanks Peter
for having a listen and for the kind words.
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michaeljayklein said 2279 days ago (May 24th, 2011)
Wowzers
Yanno, I think Edgar Allan Poe (also known as "Fast Eddie" around the time he penned this poem) would have enjoyed (after listening to a few Def Leppard records first of course) this really fine marriage of antiquity with the new--I certainly did, that's for sure. Excellent and sturdy work on this from both of you and as a Poe fan myself, this was extra special--thanks! Michael
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michaeljayklein said 2279 days ago (May 24th, 2011)
PS
All Hail RP, the Man and his Music (plus a few obeisances to FD, Purveyor of Pure Power!!) Sim-solla-bim!
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finkeldink said 2278 days ago (May 25th, 2011)
Ha Ha!
Thanks Michael for the hilarious reply. You are too cool!
It was awesome getting to be part of a R_P project.
He really is the brain child of controlled chaos.
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Reggie_Pole said 2279 days ago (May 24th, 2011)
I believe
there is no option other than to fave this one. Smokin' guitar work there FD. Like your vocals too. Yow! Had a good laugh at your keywords. Oh. lordy. Hahahaha. I think after doing a song about a demon, it might be time to go back to kittens and bunnies, you know, to put you back on an even keel.
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finkeldink said 2278 days ago (May 25th, 2011)
Thanks again
R_P for letting me be a part of this one. You rule!
Yep, I definitely need to post the kitties and bunnies pics to offset the darkness a bit. Ha Ha!
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sewer rod said 2279 days ago (May 24th, 2011)
Great work!
Both of you guys kick ass! Great collab.
Everything meshed together very well
Awesome job guys!
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finkeldink said 2278 days ago (May 25th, 2011)
Thanks Jay
I definitely need to catch up on your last couple posts. My skull is in need of some crushing!
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Daugrin said 2279 days ago (May 24th, 2011)
Playing Favorites
Two favs on one track and diggin' in a bit... maybe kinda dark, but yea, Poe is kinda dark and sinister. That lightning was cool!
Thanks guys, the bar was high already...

Daug

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finkeldink said 2278 days ago (May 25th, 2011)
Thanks Daug
Means a lot bro!
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rok41 said 2279 days ago (May 24th, 2011)
Demon
Love RP's stuff and your stuff equally...the combination is great!
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finkeldink said 2278 days ago (May 25th, 2011)
Thanks man
that means a lot!
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ted23 said 2279 days ago (May 25th, 2011)
Epic
That chant style intro leading to some of the best sounding heavy guitars I've heard here is great.
Dig the heavy/soft arrangement and the mix of synth and guits is neat.
Love how you've placed the vocal. It gives it an old school epic metal vibe.
The outro solo is super tasty.
Nice work dudes.
finkeldink said 2278 days ago (May 25th, 2011)
Thanks Ed
for having a listen and for the kind words.
R_P is really good at messing the soft side with the heavy and putting it together in such a way that it raises the intensity so well.


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neilh79 said 2279 days ago (May 25th, 2011)
Demon
Well this just takes me back to my youth!! Real underground feel to this. The music is deep and dark and nasty (but in a good way!!!) the drums add a real atmosphere and the vocal is way cool. all in all a rocking collab, nice job guys!
finkeldink said 2278 days ago (May 25th, 2011)
Nasty!
Great adjective! Thanks Niel. I look forward to hearing the final cut of Teflon.

Glad you liked it.
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Skean said 2278 days ago (May 26th, 2011)
Oh yes :D
Two of my big favorite artist on the same plane, nice take off dudes, I love everything in it, YOU GUYS ROCK HARD… Cheers
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finkeldink said 2266 days ago (June 6th, 2011)
Thank you Kenta
That means a lot bro!
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sammydix said 2277 days ago (May 27th, 2011)
Demon
it had to happen--unexpected--but still...

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finkeldink said 2266 days ago (June 6th, 2011)
Sammy
you're right. I was shocked by the call out and equally as pleased. R_P is the man.
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gadzooks said 2277 days ago (May 27th, 2011)
Demon
Great guitar work! Excellent production. This is a kick ass song. You guys rock!
SG
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finkeldink said 2266 days ago (June 6th, 2011)
Thank you sir
for having a listen and for the kind words.
All the production was R_P. I stayed out of that part because he's so good at that stuff.
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magnatone said 2276 days ago (May 27th, 2011)
Demon
i thought i commented on this already - sorry! today it appears reggie has left us, and i'm so bummed out because this song alone demonstrates the breadth of his awesome talent. plus, he's a really really nice, very humble guy. and YOU are all of those things too mike - so congrats on this great song, and BUMMER about reggie huh?
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finkeldink said 2266 days ago (June 6th, 2011)
R_P
will be back. Perhaps under a new moniker. But I look forward to hearing more of his work again.
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Skweryl said 2276 days ago (May 28th, 2011)
Wow SKWERYL LOVES!
you harrocckers rocked our faces off with this rock your face off song! YES!!!!!!!! SKWERYL LIKEY!!!!!!!!!
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finkeldink said 2266 days ago (June 6th, 2011)
If Skweryl says
that the face is rocked off then it must be face off rockin good.

Thanks for listening!
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mike_d said 2275 days ago (May 29th, 2011)
Damn!
Kick@ss track guys!
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finkeldink said 2266 days ago (June 6th, 2011)
Thanks Mike
you rock!
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egobandit said 2274 days ago (May 29th, 2011)
switch up
in the middle blew my mind unexpected and dynamic, reminds me of Tool, You guys, a deep bow and my hats off! Just 2 good that Bass is just dead on with the Kick drum there is so much in this LOve the end!
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finkeldink said 2266 days ago (June 6th, 2011)
Thanks ego_b
for having a listen and for the kind words.

R_P rules!
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Saltaireguru77 said 2274 days ago (May 30th, 2011)
Demon
Deep, dark and kick ass! It's not so much a tune as an experience. Those guitar chords at 00:43 nearly knocked me out of my chair, I can tell you! Great twisting, phasing feel to this and it snarls along at a rate of knots. Love those vocals, Michael. Unmistakably you and more power to you. And of course that guitar - absolutely killer! Well done Mike and Reggie. Fantastic viber.
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finkeldink said 2266 days ago (June 6th, 2011)
Thanks
for having a listen and for the kind words. Means a lot!
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ktb said 2267 days ago (June 5th, 2011)
Demon
'sic' as the kids say. This was right at the edge. Love those atmospheric synths and crushing guitars. Vocally awesome.
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finkeldink said 2266 days ago (June 6th, 2011)
sic
I love that expletive. I use it myself being a ski bum from Utah.

Thanks man!
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RobLeBanc said 2267 days ago (June 5th, 2011)
Demon
Holy Hell,this is a creepy heavy Rocker boys!
Too freakin cool! What a fantastic project, highest measure of creativity from both artists, what else can be said? I'll tell you what..., right after I listen to it one more time!!! F#@* yes!!
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finkeldink said 2266 days ago (June 6th, 2011)
Thanks Robby
That is very kind good sir! When are you coming out with something new?
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hackneybloke said 2267 days ago (June 6th, 2011)
demon
love the signature RP progressive vibe. clever choice of vocal. mike you sound grunged out proper! this is very dark....in a good way.
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finkeldink said 2266 days ago (June 6th, 2011)
Yes
R_P has very distinctive progressions. The song he originally offered was really great too. I hope he does something with that too someday.

Thanks for having a listen Julian.
Thanks also for translating this to American so that I could understand what you are saying.
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tokai said 2182 days ago (August 29th, 2011)
dudes.
wot am i like... I downloaded this but did not give you any credit. Thanks guys. Monster. Where is that Reggie bloke? ha ha. Great tune.
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